Local Allstate agents participating in disaster kit giveaway starting April 16

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With Washington’s 2018 wildfire season right around the corner, local Allstate agents, in partnership with the American Red Cross, will be giving away 4,500 disaster kits for Disaster Preparedness Week from April 16—21).

Starting Monday, April 16, across Washington, Oregon and Idaho to better prepares families and communities for disasters of all kinds. Six agents based in Lynnwood will be participating in this week’s disaster kit giveaway.

“A disaster can occur in any community at any time, which is why it’s important for residents to always be prepared, even though it might be the last thing on their mind,” said local Allstate agent Mike McGinness. “Most people—85 percent—aren’t prepared for a disaster, so Allstate is here to help local communities be more prepared in the event of an emergency—especially with wildfire season on the horizon—but the truth is, a disaster can strike at any time.”

Washington State residents who wish to donate supplies to the Red Cross or pick up an Allstate disaster preparedness starter kit can stop by any participating Allstate agency across the state. Lynnwood agents participating in the giveaway are as follows:

  • Don Le (18601 Highway 99 Ste. 230)
  • Michelle Tullius (1233 164th St SW, Ste G)
  • Dennis Bolger (18521 76th Ave W Ste. 106)
  • Pete Bouchard (6226 196th St SW, Ste. 1A)
  • Bill Wilkins & Rod Ronquillo (4202 198th St SW, Ste. 1)
  • Courtney Richards (16108 Ash Way Ste. 111B)

The Allstate Foundation recommends three important safety tips to help communities prepare for a disaster:

Step One: Build a disaster preparedness kit that contains these basic supplies:

  1. Water (one gallon per person, per day)
  2. Ready-to-eat, nonperishable food (for family members and pets)
  3. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  4. Flashlight
  5. First-aid kit
  6. Whistle (to signal for help)
  7. Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape
  8. Antiseptic and plastic garbage bags with ties (for sanitation)
  9. Wrench or pliers
  10. Local maps (to locate emergency services and shelters)
  11. Extra batteries
  12. Prescription medication

For more information, download Allstate Foundation’s brochure on how you can prepare your family for a disaster. Resources are available in English and Spanish.

Step Two: Create a household emergency evacuation plan that includes the following information:

  1. Emergency contact names and numbers – mobile and landline
  2. Family meeting place in your neighborhood and an alternative meeting place in the region
  3. Personal details for each family member – birthdates, medical information, recent photos
  4. Addresses and phone numbers of places family members frequent – work, school
  5. Contact information for medical providers – doctors, pharmacist, veterinarian
  6. Important medical insurance information, including photocopies of your insurance card(s)

Step 3: Help your community prepare for a disaster. The strength of a community comes from each person who lives in it. By raising your hand to help your neighbors prepare for a potential disaster, you can help people respond to and recover from an emergency. Contact your local Red Cross to learn more information on how to prepare your community for a disaster.

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